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On The Motivation and Power of Stochastic Dominance Techniques for Multiple Wellbeing Comparisons

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  • Gordon Anderson
  • Thierry Post
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    Using the ethical concept of the Veil of Ignorance, social planners would consider well-being problems as decision making under risk, which provides a rationale for using 'Convex Stochastic Dominance' to compare well-being distributions. This approach yields more discriminating power than standard pairwise Stochastic Dominance comparisons in the face of a multitude of distributions from various time sub-periods and/or sub-populations. A Linear Programming test for 'Stochastic Dominance optimality' can be derived from the first principles of utility theory. This test casts new light on the modern history of the US income distribution.

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    Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number tecipa-570.

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    Date of creation: 23 Nov 2016
    Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-570
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